Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remeberence Day, Remembering Our Heroes

It is Rememberence Day here in Canada.  It is a day in which we honour our veterans past and present who have given their life to serve Canada so we may have the freedom we have today.  In the United States, they call it Veterans Dau, but that is celebrated in May.

With that being said, I was aware of Rememberance Day when I was growing up.  I knew what the poppy was for and that "In Flanders Field" was associated with Rememberance Day.  I would also take a moment on silence, or I never went to any Rememberance Day services or any of that kind of thing.  That was the extent of it.  More now in the last few years, I've started to recognize the serve our armed forces have made is soemthing that is invaluable.  There is a difference between recognizing and supporting our troops.  I'm not a bumper sticker or online supporter that doesn't actually do anything to support the troops.  I made a couple of posts on this topic which you can see here and here 

I might get heat for this, but you don't have to just remember the sacrifices our soliders made for us on Rememberance Day.  The following is not Canadian, but shows you don't have to just thank or remember someone on Rememberance Day or Veterans Day.

This 95-year-old WWI veteran, Joe Bell, was just watching the race from his front yard when people started making their way to him shaking his hand and thanking him because he served.  It shows you that you that even though there is a specific day for honouring our veterans, you can do it anytime.

That doesn't mean I won't take this time to thank our troops and soldiers past and present for their service.  My Grandpa Sheldon was even in the Navy although he didn't leave land.  V41625 was his number.  If I had a copy of the picture of him in his uniform, I would put in this post.  But alas, I don't.

It's not only the people that served that we should thank.  Someone on Facebook shared a picture that also makes you think.

We should also remember the animals that served in war.  You might "think who cares?"  They were at various times in wars important.  We need not forget their contributions.  When we think of honouring our veterans, we think of the humans.  But there are animal veterans as well.  I thank all veterans, human and animal that gave their life so we can enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today.

Lest we forget.

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